Last updated: 22 Jun 2019



Barbados is famed for its easy-going calypso culture, where a strong sense of history and culture fuses with a laid-back vibe.

On land with music as one of its societal bedrocks, Barbados revels in a vibrant nightlife.
At sea from the little-developed rugged coastline of the Atlantic eastern flank to the attractive resorts of the Caribbean shoreline, Barbados offers world-class, warm waters for diving and snorkelling. Underwater caves teem with colourful fish amidst vibrant coral reefs.

Barbados’s rainbow of coral reefs offers a pristine watery home to seahorses, sponges and giant sand eels.

Barbados is the birthplace of rum, and, understandably, rum is the island’s favourite tipple. A thousand rum bars offer plenty of choice while Mount Gay Rum, the oldest rum producer, on the island’s west coast offers tours - and tastings.
Capital:  Bridgetown (BGI)
Currency:  Barbados Dollar (BBD)
Language:  English
Dialling code from SA:  + 246
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -4 (6 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2019: 

Jan 1, 21; Apr 19, 22, 28, 29; May 1; Jun 10; Aug 1, 5; Nov 30; Dec 25, 26

Side of the Road: Left
Best Time to go: February to May
Best For: Island Relaxation , Historical Sites
Plugs: 110-115 volts AC, 50Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are in use.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. 
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services and usually in cash. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: Smart-casual attire is customary for dinner. Normal social courtesies.
Local Offences / Laws: It is illegal for civilians to wear camouflage clothing. Nude sunbathing is illegal. 
Duty Free: The following items may be brought into Barbados by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 1L of spirits or wine.
All other articles are subject to import duty, other than personal effects required during your visit.
Prohibited Imports:

Prohibited imports include illegal drugs and pornography. Restricted imports include fruit, vegetables, plants and seeds, which may require a permit.

Visa Requirements

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SA Representative

SA High Commission accredited from Kingston, Jamaica.


Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio